Snow in Ardee, county Louth.
Snow in Ardee, county Louth.
Winterize your car and keep the fuel tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure to keep a small emergency supply kit in your car at all times. Maintain home heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year, before winter. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 15 degrees Celsius. During icy temperatures, sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter will help make walkways and steps less slippery.

15 Items to Include In Your Home Emergency Supply Kit:

8 Items for your Emergency Car Kit:

Include as many of the following as possible in your kit:1. Water, at least a 3 day supply.1 gallon per person per day 2. Food, at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food 3. A torch 4. A wind up or battery powered radio and extra batteries 5. A first aid kit 6. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes) 7. Sanitation and personal hygiene items 8. Copies of personal documents (medication list, medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) 9. Mobile phone and chargers 10. Family and emergency contact information 11. Extra cash 12. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, nappies) 13. Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) 14. Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members 15. Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves in case of a power cut. Only travel if it’s absolutely necessary1. An ice-scraper and de-icer 2. Snow shovel 3. Map for unplanned diversions 4. Blanket and warm clothes 5. First aid kit 6. Battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind-up torch) 7. Battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind-up radio) 8. Jump leads 
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